But will it work? I, for one, have my doubts. The track record with these kinds of schemes is that they're costly and - particularly in the case of the already well-qualified - may not make the attendees all that much more employable. The government will cast this as them doing "everything they can". But I worry that this could come at the cost of help for less well-off people, who generally come off worse in the long-run during a downturn. Beyond some notable exceptions - including Nick Clegg, Frank Field and Jon Cruddas - there's too little being said about low-income groups.
P.S. News in after I typed this out on the Tube: unemployment has hit 1.97 million, a 12-year high.